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Jane Shin

Jane Shin Podium.jpg
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Burnaby-Lougheed
In office
May 14, 2013 – May 9, 2017
Preceded byHarry Bloy
Succeeded byKatrina Chen
Personal details
Born (1980-05-07) May 7, 1980 (age 39)
South Korea
Political partyNew Democratic Party
ProfessionHealthcare education, medical doctorate graduate

Jane Jae Kyung Shin MD (Korean: 신재경, Hanja: 申才炅) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in the 2013 provincial election.[1] She represented the electoral district of Burnaby-Lougheed as a member of the British Columbia New Democratic Party. Shin is the first Korean Canadian elected to the provincial legislature.[2]

Early life and education

Shin was born in South Korea and emigrated to Canada when she was 11 years old. Around her 16th birthday she was hospitalised for a serious health crisis which was attributed to leukemia[3][4] or aplastic anaemia.[5] According to Shin, the experience made her a passionate advocate for Canada's health care system.[3]

Two months after her 16th birthday, Shin was awarded $400 by the City of Surrey, British Columbia as part of their inaugural Youth Recognition Awards.[6] As a child, Shin had volunteered for the Canadian Red Cross Society, Greenpeace, the Multicultural Society of B.C. and others.[7][8]

"When my family's small ice cream store failed, my parents, in their 50s, found the courage to go back to school and earn their credentials in health care," Shin said in the Legislature. "My family is a testament to our fight to keep quality education accessible and affordable for all of us, even for the oldest, like my parents." She added, "I'll be continuing that good fight in this Legislature for our students, our families and our educators."[9]

Shin studied genetics and cell biology at the University of British Columbia for several years but did not receive an undergraduate degree.[10][11] Shin later completed a doctorate in medicine in 2007 from Spartan Health Sciences University in Vieux Fort, St. Lucia, in the Caribbean, an institution recognised by both the B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Medical Council of Canada.[12] During medical school, Shin performed clinical rotations at University of Edinburgh, Dalhousie University, and John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital.[11] Shin's rotation research at the Royal Victoria Infirmary of Newcastle upon Tyne led to two co-authored publications on chronic fatigue syndrome.[13][14]

Shin later decided that she preferred teaching over conventional medical practice,[10] and thus did not complete a residency[10] necessary to gain a license to practice medicine in British Columbia.[12] Shin has taught at British Columbia Institute of Technology, Vancouver Community College, and West Coast College of Massage Therapy.[2]

Provincial politics

Jane Shin Portrait in House

Shin's intention to seek the Burnaby-Lougheed NDP nomination under the party leadership of Adrian Dix was announced in May 2012.[15][16] Shin's competitor for the nomination was Craig Langston.[17] Shin won the nomination in November 2012, ahead of the 2013 provincial election.[18]

During the campaign, Shin faced allegations that she had misrepresented her educational credentials in her campaign materials, although she quickly corrected the misunderstandings and clarified that they were not intentional.[10]

Shin defeated Liberal candidate Ken Kramer, who replaced the retiring Harry Bloy who had held the riding for 12 years,[1] with 44.26% of the votes over Kramer's 40.59% and Green Party candidate Darwin Burns with only 8.23%, and B.C. Conservative candidate Christine Clark, who ran unaffiliated due to a paperwork glitch,[19] earned just 6.92% of total votes.[20][21] The confusion during the campaign and Shin's subsequent election victory earned her the 2013 Newsmaker of the Year title from Burnaby Now.[22]

Shin is currently the deputy spokesperson for Trade, Immigration, and Multiculturalism[23] in the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet, and serves on the Select Standing Committee for Health.[2] Shin had previously been assigned the Deputy Critic role for International Trade, Asia Pacific Strategy, Multiculturalism, Immigration, Intergovernmental Relations[24] and, prior to that, Small Business, Tourism, and Arts and Culture.[25]

Shin's first motion was a private member's bill to permit electronic petitions from the public to be accepted by the legislature.[26] The bill was designed to enhance petitioning with increased accessibility and efficiency said Shin in Victoria. "Electronic petitions can serve as a low-barrier entry point for our citizens, especially the youth, to communicate their concerns to this House."[27]

Shin later introduced Bill M-215, the Business Practices and Consumer Protection (Money Transfers) Amendment Act. This seeks to cap the fees a money broker can charge for international money transactions, and insists they mark that fee as a line item so consumers can tell who has the best (and worst) rates.[28]

In late 2016 Shin announced that she will not run in the 2017 provincial election.[29] The BC NDP nominated Katrina Chen, a Burnaby school trustee, and the BC Liberals nominated Steve Darling.[30]

Electoral results

2013 British Columbia general election: Burnaby-Lougheed
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
New Democratic Jane Shin 8,952 44.26 $110,599
Liberal Ken Kramer 8,209 40.59 $71,316
Green Darwin Augustus Ivan Burns 1,665 8.23 $376
No affiliation Christine N. Clarke 1,399 6.92 $260
Total valid votes 20,225 100.00
Total rejected ballots


  1. ^ a b "Burnaby-Lougheed results: Jane Shin takes riding for NDP". Global News, May 14, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Legislative Assembly of British Columbia MLA Website". Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Shin, Jane. "Introduce Candidates, Jane Shin". The VanKoreans, Vol. 1, Spring 2013. p. 43. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  4. ^ Shin, Dr. Jane (March 28, 2013). "Residents of Burnaby-Lougheed deserve a prudent, practical change". Indo-Canadian Voice. Archived from the original on April 19, 2014. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  5. ^ Moreau, Jennifer. "Jane Shin's candidate bio from the NDP". Burnaby Now. Metro Valley News. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
  6. ^ "City of Surrey By-law No. 12882" (PDF). City of Surrey. July 29, 1996. Retrieved June 15, 2014.
  7. ^ "Dr. Jane Jae Kyung Shin". Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  8. ^ "About Jane Shin". Dr. Jane Shin, BC NDP. Archived from the original on April 26, 2013. Retrieved June 15, 2014.
  9. ^ "Hansard, July 3, 2013, page 107". Hansard. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
  10. ^ a b c d Moreau, Jennifer (May 24, 2013). "Jane Shin speaks". Burnaby Now. Retrieved April 9, 2014.
  11. ^ a b Chow, Wanda. "BC Liberals take aim at NDP's Shin". Burnaby NewsLeader. Archived from the original on April 13, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2014.
  12. ^ a b Lee, Jeff. "NDP defends Jane Shin over 'chinkasaurus' comment while Liberals question her credentials". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved April 9, 2014.
  13. ^ Newton, Julia L.; Sheth, Amish; Shin, Jane; Pairman, Jessie; Wilton, Katharine; Burt, Jennifer A.; Jones, David E. J. (April 1, 2009). "Lower Ambulatory Blood Pressure in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". Psychosomatic Medicine. 71 (3): 361–5. doi:10.1097/PSY.0b013e31819ccd2a. PMID 19297309. Retrieved February 8, 2019 – via
  14. ^ Jones, D. E. J.; Shin, J.; Seth, A.; Sutcliffe, K.; Okonkwo, O.; Newton, J. L. (August 1, 2007). "Symptoms of autonomic dysfunction in chronic fatigue syndrome". QJM: An International Journal of Medicine. 100 (8): 519–526. doi:10.1093/qjmed/hcm057. PMID 17617647. Retrieved February 8, 2019 – via
  15. ^ Moreau, Jennifer (May 22, 2012). "Local doctor seeks Burnaby-Lougheed NDP nomination". Burnaby Now. Retrieved May 31, 2014.
  16. ^ Staff Writer (May 22, 2012). "Update: Dr. Jane Shin seeks NDP nod in Burnaby-Lougheed". Burnaby NewsLeader. Archived from the original on April 13, 2014. Retrieved May 31, 2014.
  17. ^ Chow, Wanda (September 17, 2012). "Two candidates seeking NDP nomination for Burnaby-Lougheed". Burnaby NewsLeader. Archived from the original on April 14, 2014. Retrieved May 31, 2014.
  18. ^ Chow, Wanda (October 15, 2012). "Dr. Jane Shin wins NDP nod in Burnaby-Lougheed". Burnaby NewsLeader. Archived from the original on April 14, 2014. Retrieved May 31, 2014.
  19. ^ Fuller-Evans, Janaya. "Two Burnaby B.C. Conservative candidates listed as "unaffiliated"". Burnaby Now. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
  20. ^ Moreau, Jennifer. "Final Burnaby numbers from 2013 provincial election". Burnaby Now. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  21. ^ Moreau, Jennifer. "Final Results: NDP margin increases slightly". Burnaby Now. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
  22. ^ "Newsmaker of the year: Jane Shin Will the real Dr. Shin please stand up?". Burnaby Now. December 27, 2013. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  23. ^ "New Democrat Caucus MLA Website". BC Official Opposition. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  24. ^ "New Democrat Official Opposition Backgrounder" (PDF). March 18, 2014. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  25. ^ Chow, Wanda. "Burnaby's 3 NDP MLAs get shadow cabinet posts". Burnaby NewsLeader. Archived from the original on May 28, 2014. Retrieved May 27, 2014.
  26. ^ "Bill M 205, Electronic Petitions Act, 2014, 2nd Session, 40th Parliament, British Columbia, 2014". March 24, 2014. Retrieved June 15, 2014.
  27. ^ Moreau, Jennifer (March 26, 2014). "Jane Shin introduces e-petitions bill". Burnaby Now. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
  28. ^ Peebles, Frank (June 23, 2015). "MLA promoting online petitions". Prince George Citizen.
  29. ^ Moreau, Jennifer. "Jane Shin not running in next provincial election".
  30. ^ Smith, Charlie. "B.C. NDP nominates school trustee Katrina Chen to run in Burnaby-Lougheed". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved January 11, 2017.

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